Out of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom is the biggest source of water waste. It’s not impossible for you to use a few dozen gallons of water a day just in your bathroom. With each flush of the toilet and every minute you turn on the sink or shower, you’re potentially wasting water, which equates to wasting money. Stop putting money down the drain and start conserving water in your bathroom.
Toilets are a big part of any bathroom remodel, but they can also use up quite a bit of water. Toilets manufactured after 1993 use about 1.6 gallons per flush. Toilets manufactured before 1993 use 3.5 gallons per flush on average, though some have been known to use as much as 7 gallons per flush.
If you already don’t have a newer toilet, you should definitely consider upgrading, or you can go a step further and purchase a dual flush models, which have become popular (and nearly mandatory) with many homeowners. Dual flush toilets have two flush settings: a light flush setting that uses less than a gallon per flush and a normal flush setting that uses the average 1.6 gallons.
Many people place bricks in their toilets’ water tanks to displace water and reduce the amount of water used per flush. While this does help, plumbers do not recommend using a brick. Bricks are known to disintegrate in water over time, which can lead to a damaged toilet and plumbing. If you must use a brick, make sure it is wrapped tightly in plastic. Otherwise, simply fill a bottle with water, sand, or pebbles.
While the occasional bath is fine, try to avoid taking daily baths. It takes up to 70 gallons to fill the average bathtub, while a shower usually takes only 10 to 25 gallons. To add even more savings, make sure your showerhead is replaced with a low-flow model. These showerheads use only about 2.5 gallons per minute without skimping on the water pressure.
Overall, try to shorten the time you take to shower. The average teenager showers for a whopping 45 minutes. The money wasted in such long showers over time could pay for a water heater installation. You don’t necessarily have to resort to navy showers, but unless you’re actively soaping up or rinsing, it’s a good idea to turn the water off.
Sinks don’t use as much water as the toilet or shower, but that doesn’t mean it won’t waste water. Install a faucet aerator to reduce the amount of water that comes out of the sink. Keep the faucet off when you brush your teeth or wash your hands. You should only turn the water on again to rinse afterwards.